In honor of Native American Heritage Month, let’s take a look back on an incredible student group during the 1970s.
The newspaper clippings in this post are from the 1970s and may contain outdated language.
In the early 1970s, the United Native American Student Association (UNASA) was formed at Iowa State University. The group was intended to provide a voice for Native American students on campus, and educate the university and Ames about their culture.
Throughout the 70s, this group accomplished many things. They organized tutoring for children on the Mesquakie Reservation, lobbied Iowa State to introduce more courses to integrate Native American heritage, and sponsored symposiums on Native American affairs at ISU.
In 1975, at the first fall cultural program of the UNASA, Gerald Sitting Eagle from Old Sun College in Alberta, Canada, performed some traditional hoop dances. The following article gives more information on what sounds like an incredible performance.
In the article above, Gerald Sitting Eagle share this powerful quote: “I am proud to be dressed like this. I am proud of the color of my skin. I am proud to live on a reserve. I am proud of whatever I do because I stand equal with any man.”
Everything in this post can be found in box 2 of the RS 22/03/00/01 collection.
Make sure to check out some of our previous posts on this topic as well!